The Defoney Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Defoney Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Defoney surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Defoney ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Defoney Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Defoney family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Defoney family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Defoney Ancestors

Defoney Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Defoney records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Defoney research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Defoney

Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently count of matching Defoney records matching Defoney records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Defoney family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Defoney Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Defoney ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

Defoney DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Defoney ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Defoney research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".

Defoney Family History

For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Defoney ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Defoney family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Defoney Researchers

When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Defoney queries.

You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Defoney ancestors.

Defoney Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Defoney Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Defoney, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."

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Upcoming Defoney Family Reunions

Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Defoney family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Defoney reunion.

See Also

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Surname Finder, The Defoney Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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